What is the difference between spousal support and alimony?
The short answer is these mean the same thing! Some client’s think they are different, but, they are the same thing: monetary assistance from one party to another who were previously married and are now in the midst of a Dissolution or after Judgment of Dissolution.
Who may request Spousal Support?
In California, either spouse may request spousal support or alimony as part of Dissolution proceedings or post-judgment proceedings in some cases. Because spousal support law is very complex and the amount paid depends on the facts of the case, you will want to have an experienced lawyer representing you. If the couple can reach an agreement on alimony, the court will uphold this agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, spousal support will be litigated.
During Dissolution proceedings, a Court will use a program called DissoMaster to calculate this support. At the Law Offices of Cynthia Ann Harris, we have this program so we can give a client a preview of potential Guideline Support. If a party is Ordered to pay Spousal Support in a Judgment of Dissolution, a Court will weigh certain factors in deciding on this amount such as: length of marriage, assets and debts, health of the party’s, marital standard of living, and documented domestic violence.
When calculating Spousal Support, a multitude of financials are considered such as: monthly income, rental income, certain deductions, and self-employment income.
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Whether you or your spouse is seeking alimony, the law regarding spousal support has grey areas that are ripe for legal argument and presentation of evidence. Ensure you receive high-quality guidance and experienced counsel. Get help from the professionals at Law Offices of Cynthia Ann Harris. We are committed to representing every client with integrity, dedication, and with the understanding that you trust us to resolve your divorce or family law matter as if you were a member of our family.